Baldomero Lopez was more than a local hero

When motorists drive past the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes, chances are they won’t know much about the history of the man for whom the facility is named. That’s where Bill Dotterer comes in. He’s a volunteer with the Tampa Bay History Center and he shared the story of 1st Lt. Baldomero Lopez’s life and his heroic actions during a talk earlier this year at … [Read more...]

‘Get Loud!’ takes aim at sexual assault, domestic violence

Cheers normally reverberate through Wiregrass Ranch High School’s gymnasium when a boys basketball player on the home team scores. That didn’t happen though during the initial minutes of the varsity team’s Jan. 30 game against Sunlake High School. Instead, spectators remained silent, in response to signs being shown to them that said “Shhh” and “Be Quiet.” The crowd kept quiet until … [Read more...]

Wiregrass Ranch High loses top rusher

One of Pasco County’s top running backs is taking his talents south — to Hillsborough County. Senior 1,000-yard rusher Da Da McGee has transferred from Wiregrass Ranch High School to Hillsborough High School, just weeks before the start of the 2017 prep football season. McGee was one of seven tailbacks in Pasco County to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark last season, rushing for 1,063 yards … [Read more...]

Freedom golf seeks a fourth district crown

The expectations are high once again for the Freedom High School boys golf team, as it enters the 2016 campaign seeking its fourth consecutive Class 3A-District 10 title. If it pulls off the noteworthy feat, it would Freedom’s first sports team to win four consecutive district championships. Armed with the district’s past two individual medalists in senior Tyler Bray and junior Cy Storlien, … [Read more...]

Steinbrenner and Gaither claim state titles

The varsity baseball teams for Steinbrenner and Gaither high schools each completed impressive seasons, with both teams capturing state titles. Steinbrenner took its first baseball state title with a 9-4 win over Oviedo Hagerty in the Class 8A Florida High School Athletic Association state championship game on May 21 at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers. The Warriors (27-5) trailed Hagerty 4-1 … [Read more...]